Film / Exorcist II: The Heretic

Exorcist II: The Heretic is a 1977 supernatural horror film and the first sequel to The Exorcist. It was directed by John Boorman.

This film provides examples of:

  • Fake Shemp: A weird example - Linda Blair only accepted to return if she didn't have to go through the make-up again. Thus whenever possessed Regan appears, it's a stand-in.
  • Genre Shift: It's difficult to say exactly what genre this film falls under, but it most definitely isn't horror.
  • Hall of Mirrors: Dr. Tuskin's psychiatric institute appears to have been built with "put as many reflective surfaces as possible!" as its motto.
  • Informed Ability: Regan's artistic talent, especially her laughably bad drawing of Father Lamont.
  • Kill It with Fire: The fates of the possessed girl in the opening sequence and Sharon.
  • Large Ham: Weirdly enough, Richard Burton underacts as aggressively as he overacts in some scenes.
  • A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: Dr. Tuskin decides to try a mind-reading gizmo on Regan. It all goes downhill from there.
  • Mind Screw: The whole friggin' movie.
  • Missing Mom: Adding to Howard MacNeil being absent from Regan's life, now so is Chris, who Regan says is 'away all the time'.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Linda Blair goes She Is All Grown Up in this movie.
  • One-Woman Wail: 'Regan's Theme'.
  • Posthumous Character: One of the storylines regards figuring out how Father Merrin died.
  • Psychic Powers: Regan has them. Other than that spoon-bending trick she fakes Sharon out with at the beginning of the picture.
  • Re Cut: Shortly after its premiere, John Boorman went back to re-cut the film in response to poor audience reactions, hoping to salvage the film. It did not work, and the re-cut version has been long out of print. However, a fan recut based on Boorman's was made.
  • Scenery Porn: The sets and mattes are amazing to look at.
  • She Is All Grown Up: My, how little Regan has grown. Most of the movie has her in some form of revealing clothing. And then there's the tap dancing scene.
  • The Swarm: Locusts are a recurring appearance.
  • Title Drop: Kokumo says to Father Lamont 'You're a Heretic.'
  • Written-In Absence: Ellen Burstyn didn't come back to reprise her role of Chris MacNeil, so they just say that she's away on work.